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Child Protection and Digital Content Factsheet

Published 07.04.09 at 10:30

Asking children to register to use your website or using information they give you can cause problems under the Data Protection Act 1998. While the Act does not draw any distinction between adults and children, the Information Commissioner has made it clear in a number of publications that particular care should be taken when collecting information about children. This factsheet sets out the safeguards you should put in place to ensure that any processing is fair, including ensuring that any notices are in age appropriate language and clearly brought to the child's attention.

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Please note that this article discusses the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. It provides general information only but is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.

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